Happy New Year! First, thank you for all of your support, especially throughout this pandemic. We appreciate every donation, every share of our weekly email newsletter (or parts of it) to a wider audience, every like and share on social media, every attendee of our so, so many virtual events, and every conversation. Thank you. Second, so much has happened since our last newsletter. To be honest, we’re still catching up! Below you will find some of the latest news, upcoming events and resources. But, it’s not everything. Make sure you follow us on social media! Things change on the regular and we’ll try to keep you informed.Read more
Congratulations to the NTA community on their historic victory; NTA will remain open as an elementary school! For details see #1 in our "public ed news this week" list below.
In a big win for IL students that comes as a result of many parents speaking to their legislators about student data privacy concerns and as a result of Raise Your Hand Action being present in Springfield and meeting with several IL legislators on this issue, the IL House Cybersecurity, Data Analytics and IT Committee will hold a subject-matter hearing on student data privacy on Tues August 7th, 10am, at the Bilandic Building (160 N LaSalle), C-600, 6th floor.Read more
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Please note: This email blast went out before the Barbara Byrd-Bennett sentencing and the loss of the CPS vs. the state of IL lawsuit.Read more
On Wednesday, October 13, 2015, right before former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett's arraignment, community organizations and elected officials came together for a press conference demanding an elected representative school board in Chicago.
Cassie Creswell, Raise Your Hand Board Member, spoke about the many questionable contracts that our current unelected BOE has approved. Her press conference statement is below. Attached above is a list of some of these contracts.Read more
Raise Your Hand maintains that current per pupil funding levels are inadequate to provide a high-quality, well-rounded school day in an equitable manner across the city of Chicago. We are providing suggestions for the Board of Education to help put dollars back into the classroom where they are most needed. These suggestions combine a mix of cuts to Central Office and citywide offices and revenue suggestions for the local and state level. View the Memo
Raise Your Hand had the opportunity to meet and discuss the CPS budget with Tim Cawley, Chief Administrative Officer of CPS on 9/12/13. Mike Rendina, Chief of Public Affairs, was also in attendance Our goal was to discuss CPS’ budget priorities and inquire why traditional schools received a disproportionate cut of over $100 million in this budget while charters received an increase of $80 million this year.Read more
Parent Group, Raise Your Hand Blasts CPS for Budget Priorities – Cuts Disproportionately Hit District Run Schools while Charter and Central Office Spending Increases
In addition to the 67 (actually 68) elementary schools that lost an art position and the 42 high schools that lost 86 English positions, today we’re taking note of elementary and high schools that had to cut librarian positions.Read more